Russ Saunders

Stebbell Russell "Russ" Saunders was a fullback in the National Football League. He played with the Green Bay Packers during the 1931 NFL season.[1]

He was an All-American at USC and was one of the models for the Tommy Trojan statue.[2] He was MVP in the 1930 Rose Bowl when he led the Trojans to a 47–14 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

After playing football, Saunders went on to a career in Hollywood. He was one of 11 All-American football players to appear in the 1930 film Maybe It's Love.[3] In 1938 he was nominated for an Oscar for best Assistant Director for The Life of Emile Zola. He was assistant or Second Unit director on more than 85 films [4] including PT 109, Hatari!, Arsenic and Old Lace, High Sierra and production manager for Stripes, The Amityville Horror and Bonnie and Clyde among others. His first screen appearance was in the 1927 movie The Drop Kick in which the 1927 USC team appeared. In that film, Russ appeared along with John Wayne—a teammate from the USC team—and worked on many of Wayne's movies over the following decades.

Russ Saunders
Personal information
Born:January 26, 1906
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Died:April 28, 1987 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Champion (1931)
Career NFL statistics as of 1931
Games played:9
Player stats at


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10th Academy Awards

The 10th Academy Awards were originally scheduled for March 3, 1938, but due to the Los Angeles flood of 1938 were held on March 10, 1938, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. It was hosted by Bob Burns.

1929 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1929 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1929 college football season. The organizations selecting teams in 1934 included the Associated Press (AP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association, and the United Press (UP).

1930 Rose Bowl

The 1930 Rose Bowl was the 16th Rose Bowl game, an American post-season college football game that was played on New Year's Day 1930 in Pasadena, California. It featured the Pittsburgh Panthers against the USC Trojans.

1982–83 National Basketball League season

The 1982–83 Just Juice National Basketball League season was the eleventh season of the National Basketball League formed in 1972.The league was sponsored by Just Juice for the second consecutive year and Crystal Palace won yet another league title but Sunderland claimed the Play Off's and the Solent Stars successfully defended their National Cup crown.The league received a welcome boost when a new national TV channel called Channel 4 decided to show live action every Monday evening.

1988–89 British Basketball League season

The 1988–1989 BBL season was the second season of the British Basketball League (known as the Carlsberg League for sponsorship reasons) since its establishment in 1987. The season featured a total of 11 teams, playing 20 games each. The league had suffered in the 1989 close season because Portsmouth was wound up followed by Calderdale Explorers and Birmingham Bullets both dropping out of the league. Bolton and Bury Giants became the Olympic City Giants and Kingston moved north of the border playing as Glasgow Rangers. The new season was supposed to feature 12 teams, however Oldham Celtics dropped out of the league and into the National League (Tier 2) after just one game, due to financial difficulties.

The season was dominated by the success of the league's two Scottish teams Glasgow Rangers and Livingston, who finished the regular season in first and second place respectively. Glasgow's Kevin Cadle and Alan Cunningham were also named as the league's Coach and Player of the year, however the Scottish dominance was broken by Bracknell Tigers who were victorious in the League Trophy against Livingston in the Final.

Below the Carlsberg League in the National League Division 1, it came as no surprise that Oldham Celtics sealed the title bearing in mind that they had originally planned to play in the top tier.

1989–90 British Basketball League season

The 1989–1990 BBL season was the third season of the British Basketball League (known as the Carlsberg League for sponsorship reasons) since its establishment in 1987. The season featured a total of just eight teams, playing 28 games each. Due to the low number of teams, the post-season play-offs featured only the top four teams from the regular season instead of the usual top eight finishers.

The future of the league was in the balance due to the waning number of teams. Livingston folded, Crystal Palace and Hemel Hempstead Watford Royals both dropped to the National League and Glasgow Rangers moved back to Kingston. There was small consolation in the formation of a new club called London Docklands (formerly Tower Hamlets) which joined the league.

Kingston completed a clean sweep of all four trophies claiming the title and Play-off crown, as well as the National Cup and NatWest League Trophy.

Oldham Celtics secured the second tier league title for a second consecutive year.

1990–91 British Basketball League season

The 1990–1991 BBL season was the 4th season of the British Basketball League (known as the Carlsberg League for sponsorship reasons) since its establishment in 1987. The season featured a total of nine teams, playing 24 games each.

Following a new £1.3 million sponsorship deal with Carlsberg, the sport was unified once more as three divisions of the Carlsberg League were created.Solent Stars dropped out of the top tier and would play their basketball in Division Four. Hemel Hempstead Royals and Worthing Bears returned to top tier action and the Bracknell Tigers became the Thames Valley Tigers.

Kingston claimed the Division One title and Play-off crown, as well as the League Trophy, earning their coach Kevin Cadle and star player Alton Byrd the award's for Coach and Player of the Year respectively. Sunderland claimed the National Cup preventing another Kingston clean sweep.

1991–92 British Basketball League season

The 1991–1992 BBL season was the 5th season of the British Basketball League (known as the Carlsberg League for sponsorship reasons) since its establishment in 1987. The season featured an increased number of teams with the additions of the Birmingham Bullets and Cheshire Jets. London Docklands changed their name to London Towers.

Kingston, coached by Kevin Cadle, stormed to success in every domestic competition they entered and completed a clean sweep of the four major competitions, which they had previously accomplished two years earlier. They claimed the Division One title and Play-off crown, were victorious in the League Trophy and the National Cup, whilst Coach Cadle and star player Alton Byrd were awarded as Coach and Player of the Year respectively.

1993–94 British Basketball League season

The 1993–1994 BBL season was known as the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The season featured a total of 13 teams, playing 36 games each.

The BBL secured a three year £1 million sponsorship deal with Budweiser and the divisions were re-organised once again. The Budweiser League would be tier one with the National League Division's below. The Budweiser League increased in number with the addition of the Division One champions Doncaster Panthers. The Cheshire Jets became the Chester Jets.

Thames Valley Tigers claimed the League Trophy and stormed to the regular season title, however the Bracknell-based side suffered a shock defeat to Derby Bucks and saw them eliminated in the Quarter-final of the Budweiser Championship Play-offs. Nevertheless, Tigers' Nigel Lloyd and Mick Bett were both awarded accolades as Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year respectively. Worthing Bears also secured a double success by winning the Play-offs and securing the National Cup.

1996–97 British Basketball League season

The 1996–1997 BBL season was known as the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The league retained a total of 13 teams, playing 36 games each. The main change featured the long-awaited return of Crystal Palace after several seasons of rejected applications. Palace replaced Doncaster Panthers following the liquidation of the South Yorkshire club.The League's two London-based teams dominated throughout the season, with the Leopards team claiming their first silverware in its franchise history after winning the Budweiser League and Sainsbury's Classic Cola Cup double. Their Capital foes, London Towers were equally successful throughout the campaign, clinching the 7 Up Trophy and pipping Leopards to the Play-off title, with a one-point victory in the final at Wembley Arena against their rivals.

Academy Award for Best Assistant Director

The Academy Award for Best Assistant Director was awarded from 1933 through 1937. In the first year of this award, it referred to no specific film.

1933 – winners:

Scott Beal (Universal)

Charles Dorian (M-G-M)

Fred Fox (United Artists)

Gordon Hollingshead (Warner Bros.)

Dewey Starkey (RKO Radio)

William Tummel (Fox)

1933 – additional nominees:

Al Alleborn (Warner Bros.)

Sid Brod (Paramount)

Orville O. Dull (M-G-M)

Percy Ikerd (Fox)

Arthur Jacobson (Paramount)

Edward Killy (RKO Radio)

Joseph A. McDonough (Universal)

William J. Reiter (Universal)

Frank Shaw (Warner Bros.)

Ben Silvey (UA)

John Waters (M-G-M)

1934: John Waters – Viva Villa! Scott Beal – Imitation of Life

Cullen Tate – Cleopatra

1935: Clem Beauchamp and Paul Wing – The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

Joseph Newman – David Copperfield

Eric Stacey – Les Misérables

Sherry Shourds – A Midsummer Night's Dream (write in)

1936: Jack Sullivan – The Charge of the Light Brigade

Clem Beauchamp – The Last of the Mohicans

William Cannon – Anthony Adverse

Joseph Newman – San Francisco

Eric G. Stacey – The Garden of Allah

1937: Robert Webb – In Old Chicago

C. C. Coleman, Jr. – Lost Horizon

Russ Saunders – The Life of Emile Zola

Eric Stacey – A Star Is Born

Hal Walker – Souls at Sea

British Basketball League

The British Basketball League, often abbreviated to the BBL, is a men's professional basketball league in Great Britain, the highest level of play in the country. The BBL runs two knockout competitions alongside the BBL Championship; the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy, as well as the post-season Play-offs.

The BBL is not to be confused with the English Basketball League or the Scottish Basketball Championship, which effectively form the second tier of British basketball. There is currently no automatic promotion or relegation between the English and Scottish leagues and the BBL because of the franchise system in use in the BBL, although several clubs have been successful in making the step up from the EBL in recent years.

Currently the League consists of 12 teams with representation from both England and Scotland. Member franchises of the BBL jointly own the league, and a chairman is elected by the teams to oversee league operations. The head offices are located in Leicester, where the country's oldest team, the Leicester Riders is also based.

In 2012 the BBL, along with several other basketball governing bodies including England Basketball and basketballscotland, united to form the British Basketball Union, an organisation created to promote the commercial development of basketball within Great Britain. In partnership with England Basketball, the BBL launched a women's league in 2014, branded as the Women's British Basketball League (WBBL).

Erny Pinckert

William Ernest "Erny" Pinckert (May 1, 1908 – August 30, 1977), was an American football halfback at Southern California for coach Howard Jones. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Boston Braves/Redskins, who then moved to Washington, D.C.

A younger brother of astrologer Jeane Dixon, he and his nine siblings were the children of Richard Franz Pinckert, a native of Gräfenhainichen, Duchy of Anhalt, and his wife, Emma, both Roman Catholics.

Maybe It's Love

Maybe It's Love, also known as Eleven Men and a Girl, is an all-talking 1930 pre-Code musical comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by William A. Wellman. The movie stars Joan Bennett, Joe E. Brown and James Hall. The film is based on George Ade's 1904 play The College Widow and is a remake of Warner's own 1927 silent version of the story, which starred Dolores Costello. The play had also been filmed in 1915, starring Ethel Clayton.

Newcastle Eagles

Newcastle Eagles, for sponsorship purposes Esh Group Newcastle Eagles, is a British Basketball League team based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Holding the franchise for Tyne & Wear, they are the most successful team in the league's history.

The Eagles moved into their own purpose-built Eagles Community Arena on Friday 11 January 2019 when they hosted the Plymouth Raiders.Their traditional arch rivals are the Glasgow Rocks, however in recent years a rivalry with the Leicester Riders has also developed.


Pretty/Groovy is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker recorded in 1953 and 1954 (with one track from 1957) and released on the World Pacific label in 1958. The album compiles tracks previously released on the 1953 10 inch LP Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman along with previously unissued recordings.

San Diego Hall of Champions

The San Diego Hall of Champions was an American multi-sport museum in San Diego, California. It was recognized as the largest multi-sport museum in the United States until its closure in June 2017. Located in the Federal Building in Balboa Park until 2017, the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) facility recognized outstanding athletic accomplishments and traditions involving more than forty-two sports until June 2017. The Hall of Champions was founded in 1959 and includes the Breitbard Hall of Fame which is being relocated to be displayed at Petco Park.

The Veils of Bagdad

The Veils of Bagdad is a 1953 American Technicolor adventure film directed by George Sherman and starring Victor Mature and Mari Blanchard.

Tommy Trojan

Tommy Trojan, officially known as the Trojan Shrine, is one of the most recognizable figures of school pride at the University of Southern California. The life-size bronze statue of a Trojan warrior sits in the center of campus and serves as a popular meeting spot, as well as a centerpiece for a number of campus events. It is the most popular unofficial mascot of the university.

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